According to the reports, the National Hockey League is looking to increase the number of teams - perhaps in order to help equalize the league's two conferences.
Negreanu told the Toronto Sun that he's 99.9 percent sure that Las Vegas would be chosen as the next home for NHL franchise expansion. If the franchise is granted, the Toronto native high-stakes player will buy a piece of that Las Vegas' NHL team. He won't be the primary owner, but he really wants to purchase one stake of it.
Billionaire businessman Bill Foley, together with the Maloof family, would be the primary owners of a possible Las Vegas' NHL team. The $375 million AEG-MGM arena already awaits the franchise.
The 40-year-old Negreanu collaborated with Foley in spearheading the season ticket drive that has already sold more than 13,000 season tickets. Vegas Wants Hockey, the website of billionaire Foley, reported Wednesday that the professional league has requested for Foley's group to attend the Phase II of the application procedure to bring a hockey team to Las Vegas.
According to the businessman, his team hopes the NHL will give its approval soon so the team could start joining the 2017-18 season at the 17,500-seat MGM Arena.
However, sports leagues have usually been cautious of Sin City due to its legal sports gambling at casinos all over the city. In contrast, Negreanu told the press that Las Vegas has also its share of benefits.
The poker pro also foretold that the Las Vegas team could become a playoff competitor four or five years from now.